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Wilfrid Jacob Berthold Israel

Also Known As: "Wilfred"
Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 01, 1943 (43)
Bay of Biscay (shot down over the Bay of Biscay by the German Luftwaffe, along with Leslie Howard)
Immediate Family:

Son of Berthold Israel and Amy Josefa Israel
Brother of Vivian (Viva) Prins and Herbert Israel

Managed by: Ofir Friedman
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About Wilfrid Israel

"Wilfrid Berthold Jacob Israel (11 July 1899 – 1 June 1943) was an Anglo-German businessman and philanthropist, born into a wealthy Anglo-German Jewish family, who was active in the rescue of Jews from Nazi Germany, and who played an important role in the Kindertransport.

Described as "gentle and courageous" and "intensely secretive", Wilfrid Israel avoided public office and shunned publicity, but had, according to his biographer Naomi Shepherd, an "almost hypnotic" ability to influence friends and colleagues. Martin Buber described him as "a man of great moral stature, dedicated to the service of others".[1]

He was killed when his civilian passenger plane, en route from Lisbon to Bristol, was shot down by a Luftwaffe fighter patrol over the Bay of Biscay."



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Wilfrid Israel's Timeline

July 11, 1899
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
June 1, 1943
Age 43
Bay of Biscay